THE RETIRED CORRECTIONAL PEACE OFFICERS MUSEUM
AT FOLSOM STATE PRISON
The Retired Correctional Peace
Officers (RCPO) Museum at Folsom State Prison was
opened in 1975 as part of the original Folsom
Prison Gift Shop which was run by inmate workers.
In 1994, after discovering some of the prison
artifacts on display were removed by the Gift
Shop inmate workers, a decision was made by John
Fratis (a retired correctional staff member)
(with the assistance of the California
Correctional Peace Officers Association), to
sponsor the Retired Correctional Peace Officers
Museum at Folsom State Prison.
The museum is a non-profit
charitable organization not an entity of the
state. The museum is dedicated to the prison
staff who died from cancer. The museum donates to
Cancer Society, Fisher
House and Make-A-Wish programs.
The museum chronicles the prison's
blood history. Discover the reason for Johnny
Cash's "Blues" at Folsom State Prison.
Learn how the prison was fashioned from gray
granite from the surrounding rock quarries. The
museum features a wealth of photographs, old hemp
ropes used to hang prisoners, memorabilia from
Johnny Cash's famed concert shows, a hand-cranked
Gatling gun, many inmate manufactured weapons and
an eight-foot motorized Ferris Wheel created by a
prisoner in the 1930s, which is made of a quarter